May 29, 2020

I remember in March sitting on a tea break in the farmyard talking with the team, we were discussing coronavirus. Commenting on how we won’t go into a lock down. It didn’t seem possible nor real. This isn't something that would affect us.

Oh how wrong we were.

We are a w...

December 17, 2019

As a beef farmer passionate about looking after my animals and the land to the highest of standards. this programme was a difficult one to handle. Most of the messages from the programme were I believe true. We as humans on this planet have caused serious consequences...

November 15, 2019

Each year, we are fortunate enough to be able to host a small number of Weddings. I love seeing how the space is transformed for each wedding. Every event is so personal to the couple and there are no two weddings that look or feel the same!

West Town Farm wedding booki...

November 4, 2019

As many of you know West Town Farm is a member of the Pasture for Life organisation where all our beef animals are fed on a 100% diet of grassland , herbs and wildflowers every day of every year.

Last night on BBC Radio 4 the programme.'On your farm' featured Olly and...

October 3, 2019

Andy went to a show called Groundswell 26/27 June, 2019. What happened?

I ventured up to this show with a group of 7 other farmers from the South West, all passionate beef farmers and some apprehensive as to what we might encounter on a farm in the middle of the Hertfor...

July 9, 2019

The farm and how we do our bit for climate change 

I could possibly write a book on this subject but I will try and summarise as best I can.

The farm is mainly a grass farm of 250 acres.

There are 2 units. A 170 acre block here at West Town Farm, Ide  and then a further 8...

June 18, 2019

May on the farm

I love this time of year at the farm. The grass is growing. The cattle are mostly out in the fields. The trees are coming out into leaf. Pumpkins and squash seeds are growing in the glasshouse. There is a sense of optimism, of impending growth of product...

December 21, 2018

The story of a field- a short history

The field in it's present form has a name. Big Field. It consists of 132 acres. It was part of the Barton farm at Shillingford Abbot. 

It was created in 1965/1966 when my father and uncle bought the land from Mr. Paul. He had farmed...

December 3, 2018


3 reasons:

Food miles

Eating local food decreases your carbon footprint. When your food doesn't travel long distances you are promoting better air quality and reducing pollution. These days it is so easy to nip into a supermarket. But the distances some of...

November 9, 2018

Things begin to quieten down now on the farm...especially on the event side of things. What a wonderful season it's been though. 

After a wet start to the year and having to cancel our 'Spring at the Farm' event, I did panic that it would be an omen of the year to come....

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